Twin brothers from New Jersey are exemplifying #BlackExcellence in education. Malik and Miles George were not only named co-valedictorians of their high school, they both received scholarships to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, ABC News reported.
The brothers—who were born 11 minutes apart—have always challenged themselves when it came to academics, the news outlet writes. They both were straight-A students and garnered nearly perfect SAT scores. All of their outstanding academic accomplishments led them to become co-valedictorians at Woodbridge High School. Both teens received scholarships from five other top universities but decided to take their talents to MIT.
They credit their parents for motivating them to achieve their goals in school and other areas of their life. “Seeing them always doing their best to care for us has definitely made a good imprint on us,” Malik told the news outlet. “Whether its academics, athletics, some form of art, whatever passion someone has, my best advice would be just to explore it and do your best, and the success will come.” Miles says that being really engaged in their academic work was the key to their success. “Every course, studying, paying attention, asking questions. That’s one of the most important things, being an active student in our own education. Because that’s what the teachers are there for, you know? “The brothers both have a passion for STEM.
During this graduation season, several stories about Black teens hitting major academic milestones have come to the forefront. In May, a Philadelphia teen who spent most of his childhood living in homeless shelters received a full-ride scholarship to Harvard University.